Parkway Playhouse’s Civil War themed epic, Ghost Riders continues through June 21 with performances at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00pm on Sundays. All performances will be held in the historic Parkway Playhouse theatre, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, NC. Tickets range from $10 to $20 and can be purchased online at www.parkwayplayhouse.com or by calling Parkway Playhouse’s Box Office at 828-682-4285. Discounts for students, senior citizens, military and veterans, as well as groups of 10 and up are available. All seating is reserved. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Adapted from the noted book by award winning novelist, Sharyn McCrumb, the play follows a number of interesting characters, both historical and fictional. Set in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, the play follows the war-weary Malinda and Keith Blalock, a real-life couple who, during the Civil War, became vengeful raiders after escaping from conscription in the Confederate Army. Over a century later, the war still rages on as Rattler, a Cherokee root doctor, and Nora Bonesteel, a sturdy mountain woman, both of whom possess “second sight” and find that the war has not ended for many of the restless, violent, souls who got caught up in the conflict.
A war-weary mountain couple is transformed into a pair of fearsome raiders; a Tennessee Sheriff discovers an ancestor he never knew he had; unaccounted for soldiers turn up at a Civil War Re-enactment; and an old Cherokee root doctor receives an ominous warning in Ghost Riders, an epic tale set in the Appalachian Mountains taking place during and after the Civil War. The play is adapted from the award-winning novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, Sharyn McCrumb and will have its world-premiere run at Parkway Playhouse starting on June 7 and continuing through June 21.
McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Frankie Silver and She Walks These Hills, and for St. Dale, winner of a Library of Virginia Award and featured at the National Festival of the Book. In 2008 the Library of Virginia named Sharyn McCrumb a Virginia Woman of History for Achievement in Literature. Her most recent book is King’s Mountain, which is also set in the Appalachian Mountains and tells the story of the Overmountain Men during the American Revolution.
Ghost Riders was adapted from the novel into a stage play by Parkway Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Andrew Gall; who also directed the production. Parkway Playhouse has garnered a strong reputation for putting regional history on stage with its productions of Esley, Along About Sundown, Outlander, Spirited Recollections, The Ballad of Tom Dooley and An Uncivil Union, The Battle of Burnsville, most all of them written by area playwrights.
The cast of Ghost Riders features a large cast, all of whom are based in Western North Carolina, including; Scott Keel, Trinity Smith, Michael Lilly, Will Storrs, Rose Ray, Frances Davis, Logan Bryant, Jered Shults, Levi Bradford, Logan Walden, Adam McCoury, Ryan Robertson, Legend McCoury, and Izzy Davis in a variety of characters from the past and present. Parkway Playhouse staples Rob Storrs, Bruce Chuvala, and Jenny Martin are also the cast and play everything from ghosts to fervent Civil War re-enactors.
Parkway Playhouse’s production of Ghost Riders is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is being sponsored by Sunset Gatherings. Additional support for Parkway Playhouse’s 2014 season comes from WKYK/WTOE, the Blumenthal Foundation, and the Mountain Air Community Residents Fund.
For more information about tickets, performances, classes, camps, auditions, and volunteer opportunities; please contact Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.